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Touch

By Claire North

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The electrifying new thriller from the ingenious voice that brought you The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August.

The electrifying new thriller from the author of the acclaimed The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August.

Kepler is like you, but not like you.

With a simple touch, Kepler can move into any body, live any life - for a moment, a day or for years.

And your life could be next.

SOME PEOPLE TOUCH LIVES. OTHERS TAKE THEM. I DO BOTH.

'Just extraordinary' Clare Mackintosh, author of I Let You Go

'North's talent shines out' Sunday Times

'Dazzlingly imaginative' Sunday Mirror

'Breathless and brilliantly original' Love Reading

'Destined to be one of the biggest thrillers of 2015' Rick O'Shea, radio presenter

Discover the mesmerising new novel from one of the most original new voices in modern fiction.



Also by Claire North

Novels:
The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August
The Sudden Appearance of Hope (coming May 2016)

Digital novellas:
The Serpent: Gameshouse Novella 1
The Thief: Gameshouse Novella 2
The Master: Gameshouse Novella 3

Biographical Notes

Claire North is a pseudonym for Catherine Webb, a Carnegie Medal-nominated author whose debut novel was written when she was just fourteen years old. She has fast established herself as one of the most powerful and imaginative voices in modern fiction. Her first book published under the Claire North pen name was The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August, which became a word-of-mouth bestseller and was shortlisted for the Arthur C. Clarke Award. The follow-up Touch was described by the Independent as 'little short of a masterpiece'. Her next novel The Sudden Appearance of Hope won the 2017 World Fantasy Award for Best Novel, and The End of the Day was shortlisted for the 2017 Sunday Times/PFD Young Writer of the Year Award. Her latest novel 84K received widespread critical acclaim and was described by bestselling author Emily St. John Mandel as 'an eerily plausible dystopian masterpiece'. She lives in London.

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  • ISBN: 9780356504568
  • Publication date: 27 Aug 2015
  • Page count: 464
  • Imprint: Orbit
Touch is little short of a masterpiece . . . both a thought-provoking literary treatise on what makes us human, and a genre-thriller that rattles on at a breakneck pace. Excellent. — INDEPENDENT
Poignant and intensely gripping — GUARDIAN
North's talent shines out — SUNDAY TIMES
The quality of the writing and the dazzlingly imaginative heart of this exciting book will seduce even scifi sceptics, and keep readers absolutely hooked to the dramatic conclusion — SUNDAY MIRROR
One of the cleverest, most compelling books I've read in a long time. The intoxicating voice, ingenious premise and intricate plot will have readers clamouring for a copy. Touch has bestseller written all over it and Claire North is one hell of a writer — C. L. Taylor, author of THE ACCIDENT
A work of sparkling originality that works both as mesmerising thriller and exploration of what it means, at the most profound level, to be human — Alex Marwood, author of THE WICKED GIRLS
I was totally and utterly gripped, it's just extraordinary. Absolutely mesmerising — Clare Mackintosh, author, feature writer and columnist

As intriguing and breathless as it is brilliantly original, constantly defying expectations and a step (or two) ahead of the reader. Featuring a troubled hero who can move from body to body just by grazing someone's fingertip and who becomes the subject of a sinister assassination attempt . . . Agile, unpredictable, this one will keep you awake at night in the search for answers

— LOVE READING
A brilliantly balanced knife's edge of a book - fast-paced and thrilling, it's somehow also languorous, thoughtful, intelligently intimate . . . I am left staggered into an awed slow-clap at everything North has accomplished here. Touch is touching, horrifying, magnificent; step into it, and it will step into you. — NPR
Touch is fast, smart, cinematic and with a cracking central idea. This is absolutely destined to be one of the biggest thrillers of 2015 . . . A very, very impressive second outing — Rick O'Shea, radio presenter
Claire North's second novel, Touch, is perfect for fantasy lovers wanting to lose themselves in a new world. Just as in her previous book, The First Fifteen Lives Of Harry August, North explores questions of gender and identity through difficult relationships and complicated emotions, all set to vivid backdrops of a strange parallel universe. — MARIE CLAIRE
A dark thriller that asks readers to imagine whom they would be if they could be anyone. Literally . . . This fast-paced tale starts with a bang and continues with a bunch more of them . . . The high stakes and breakneck pace of the plot will draw readers in, and the meditations on what it means to be human and to be loved will linger long after the last shot is fired — KIRKUS
An intensely gripping cat and mouse game . . . Seriously I cannot get over how amazingly good Claire North is. I could have read this book forever. The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August was so smart,Touch is beyond genius. This will be one of THE books of 2015. Mark my words — BITE THE BOOK
Powerful, disquieting, and provocative — PORNOKITSCH
The writing is stunning; the action . . . exhilarating; the depth and emotion - always - thought-provoking and touching — THE LITERARY TREE
Triumphant . . . This novel is utterly engaging, addictive, and thought-provoking . . . simply superb — CIVILIAN READER
Offers readers a fast-paced, action-packed, nerve-wracking plot centered around an intense game of "cat and mouse" . . . The writing is gorgeous. As I read, my fingers were itching to underline quotes on virtually every page. The characters are richly drawn and compelling. The plot is utterly riveting. The book is pretty much perfect, is what I'm saying. — BOOKTOPIA
Fast-paced, imaginative . . . There is plenty of conspiracy and intrigue in this deftly paced novel, but North also poses subtle questions about identity and love. In the end, it is not power that Kepler and its nemesis are fighting over but the right to be known. — WASHINGTON POST
Forget all the other thrillers, this is one of the biggest things this year. Make sure you read this one. — THE BOOK PLANK
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84K

Claire North
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Claire North
Orbit

The End of the Day

Claire North
Authors:
Claire North

***SHORTLISTED FOR THE SUNDAY TIMES / PFD YOUNG WRITER OF THE YEAR AWARD 2017***'Funny, ambitious, immensely humane and full of philosophical panache' Sunday Times'Extraordinary . . . wildly impressive" Lucy Hughes-Hallett, BBC Radio 4'Wholly original and hauntingly beautiful' Kirkus Sooner or later, death visits everyone. Before that, they meet Charlie.Charlie meets everyone - but only once. Sometimes he is sent as a courtesy, sometimes as a warning. Either way, this is going to be the most important meeting of your life.The End of the Day is the stunning new story from Claire North, the voice behind the word-of-mouth bestseller The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August.'Reaffirms the passion and ambition that have made North such a consistently intriguing writer' Locus'Every one of the chapters is shaped with philosophical panache' Guardian'Compelling . . . keeps the surprises coming until the very end' San Francisco Chronicle

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The Sudden Appearance of Hope

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Hachette Audio

The Gameshouse

Claire North
Authors:
Claire North

Novella 1: The SerpentIn seventeenth century Venice exists a mysterious establishment known only as the Gameshouse. There, fortunes are made and fortunes are broken over games of chess, backgammon and every other game under the sun.But those whom fortune favours may be invited to compete in the higher league . . . a league where the games played are of politics and empires, of economics and kings. It is a league where Capture the Castle involves real castles, where hide and seek takes place on a scale as big as the British Isles.Not everyone proves worthy of competing in the higher league. But one woman who is about to play may just exceed everyone's expectations.Though she must always remember: the higher the stakes, the more deadly the rules . . .Novella 2: The ThiefThe Gameshouse is an unusual institution. Many know it as the place where fortunes can be made and lost though games of Chess, Backgammon - every game under the sun.But a select few, who are picked to compete in the higher league, know that some games are played for higher stakes - those of politics and empires, of economics and kings . . .In 1930s Bangkok, one higher league player has just been challenged to a game of hide and seek. The board is all of Thailand - and the seeker will use any means possible to hunt down his quarry - be it police, government, strangers or even spies . . .Novella 3: The MasterThe Gamehouse is an unusual institution. Many know it as the place where fortunes can be made and lost though games of Chess, Backgammon - every game under the sun.But a select few, who are picked to compete in the higher league, know that some games are played for higher stakes - those of politics and empires, of economics and kings . . .And now, the ultimate player is about to step forward.

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The Thief

Claire North
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Orbit

The Master

Claire North
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